January 16, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) teared up Thursday as he formally announced plans to retire after more than two decades in Congress. “I should have Boehner here, right?” he joked, referring to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who often wells up on emotional occasions. “For me, it's time to walk away,” McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said as he made his announcement in the committee's wood-paneled hearing room in front of a row of flags and surrounded by official portraits of former chairmen.
January 12, 2014
Re "GOP tries new tack on poverty," Jan. 9 Call me cynical, but congressional Republicans suddenly adopting poverty as their issue of the moment sounds just a bit, well, cynical. And desperate. Republicans have been lurching from one issue to another, trying to find one that has traction. Benghazi went nowhere. The deficit is shrinking. The unemployment rate is in decline. Obamacare is steadily getting its act together. The truth is that the GOP is the party of business and the wealthy.
January 11, 2014
Re "Emails link Christie aide to scandal," Jan. 8 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie denies direct responsibility for the retaliatory traffic jam in Fort Lee, whose mayor refused to endorse the governor for reelection. Christie may say the traffic tie-up was the action of rogue staff, but he must accept responsibility for presiding over a moral swamp in which such a vicious scheme would even be considered. The GOP's dirty tricks go back to Richard Nixon. The catalog of uncivil Republican actions demonstrates a lack of consideration for the interests of the American people: holding up important nominations, shutting down the government, threatening to default on the debt and doing everything possible to undermine healthcare reform (and having the chutzpah to complain about its implementation)
January 9, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The head of a criminal probe into allegations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups and tea party supporters personally donated a total of $6,750 to President Obama's election campaign and the Democratic National Committee, spurring Republicans to call for her removal. Republicans said Thursday that political contributions by Barbara Bosserman, a prosecutor in the Justice Department's civil rights division, raised questions about her objectivity and the integrity of the investigation into the IRS. "It is unbelievable that the department would choose such an individual to examine the federal government's systematic targeting and harassment of organizations opposed to the president's policies," Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista)
January 9, 2014 |
FORT LEE, N.J. - With a daylong public apology for political retribution he blamed on his staff, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tried mightily Thursday to keep a local traffic issue from blossoming into a full-blown threat to his 2016 presidential aspirations. At least one constituent, Robert Tessaro, wasn't buying it. In Christie's first display of contrition, a nationally televised news conference that lasted almost two hours, the Republican governor announced he had canned two aides implicated in the plan to block access roads to the George Washington Bridge here in September, ostensibly because the mayor had not endorsed Christie's reelection.
January 9, 2014 |
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly slashed at Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal Thursday morning, saying the incumbent was taking a rosy, short-sighted view of the state's fiscal health that fails to address systemic challenges facing California. He said Brown was basing his budget plan on the taxes generated by Proposition 30, the voter-approved hikes in the state sales tax and on high earners. "After picking the pockets and balancing California's budget on the backs of hardworking taxpayers through the largest tax increase in state history, Gov. Brown this morning declared all of California's problems magically solved,” Donnelly said in a statement.
January 8, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - House speaker John A. Boehner told rank-and-file Republicans that his leadership team was drafting “principles” for overhauling immigration laws that will be presented in coming weeks. Boehner made the remarks Wednesday during the first private meeting of House Republicans in the new year. House Republicans have struggled to respond to the Senate's immigration bill that passed in June, which would create a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally.
January 8, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Seeking to make an overhaul of immigration laws a priority, House Speaker John A. Boehner vowed Wednesday that he would soon release a document of conservative "principles" on the issue intended to prod Republicans to pass a series of bills this year. The high-profile promise from the Ohio Republican, who is drafting a one-page list with his leadership team, comes as he is eager to press ahead on a topic that is important to his party's political future. But the speaker faces continued resistance from powerful conservative groups and an intractable flank of House Republicans who oppose citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.
January 6, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson filed suit Monday to challenge what he called the Obama administration's abuse of executive authority in issuing rules over how members of Congress and their staff receive coverage under the president's signature health law. The Republican senator's lawsuit, filed in Wisconsin district court, seeks to overturn a rule adopted by the administration's Office of Personnel Management to continue contributing a...
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December 30, 2013 |
Dallas billionaire and heavyweight GOP political donor Harold Simmons, who gave tens of millions of dollars to Republican candidates, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former presidential nominee Mitt Romney, has died. He was 82. Simmons, born to two school teachers in East Texas, became one of the richest men in the country with interests ranging from energy to chemicals. His spokesman Chuck McDonald said Simmons died Saturday in Dallas but did not disclose the cause. Simmons made his fortune as a Texas corporate raider nicknamed the "Ice Man" after structuring leveraged takeover bids using junk bonds in the 1970s and '80s.